Why Me Lord?

I had wondered as a young man, as to why should I should suffer disappointment, or sorrow, or tribulation? What have I done that God should send me these trials? Was He displeased with me? I am positive all have these questions.

Each day, I learn of someone’s neighbors wife or husband or child has the same cancer that my mother in law and brother passed away with and again I ask the same questions and I have to say to myself that much of this fear and questioning is due to my misunderstanding of God’s dealings with His own.

He has His good reasons.

I suspect that one of those reasons is for our spiritual discipline. We should be far more afraid of being left alone than of God’s chastening, for He wastes no time on worthless objects that give no promise of fruitfulness.

While I have not seen them myself, on the shores of Lake Michigan there are great barren sand dunes that have never felt the point of a plow. But not far in the rich lowlands beyond them, the farmer is constantly cultivating the soil. My great grand father tilled the land there a hundred and sixty six years ago…. as they do today. Farmers know what they are doing, so they keep on breaking up the soil. The deeper the plow works and the more the sharp harrow, the more precious the crop will be when harvest time comes.

Remember that God’s plow goes deep, but it is only that in the end we may forget the plowing and rejoice in the blessing of bearing much fruit for Him. “No chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it” (Heb. 12:11).

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